Recording Industry Association of America

  1. Industry Vet Katz Departs Sony BMG Sales Unit

    January 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST Veteran music sales executive Jordan Katz has exited Sony BMG Sales Enterprise, the distribution arm of Sony BMG. Katz had been president there since September 2004. Well regarded by accounts and by rival sales executives, Katz was previously seni ...

  2. Universal Music Canada Cuts 19 Jobs

    January 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Canada announced 19 job cuts last Friday (Jan. 11), as well as the departure of senior executives, as the company attempts to cope with sagging compact disc sales in the Canadian market. The job cuts were from administrative positi ...

  3. Update: EMI Letter To IFPI Surfaces

    January 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST EMI has tendered a conditional resignation from the IFPI, Billboard has learned. The resignation came via a letter obtained by Billboard from EMI general counsel Chris Ancliff to IFPI chairman and CEO John Kennedy, and would go into effect on Marc ...

  4. UMG Ups Gerson To Exec VP

    January 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group has promoted Matthew Gerson from senior VP to executive VP for public policy and government affairs. Gerson will oversee all public policy issues related to the company's business, including directing Universal's in ...

  5. Plugged And Unplugged

    January 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Plugged : So the numbers are in, and for the fourth year in a row the music industry has hit new records for digital downloads for singles and albums. Yes, download sales are still not compensating for the decline in album sales. And yes, the prof ...

  6. Sony BMG To Embrace MP3s

    December 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG Music Entertainment is about to make its first foray into the MP3 format when it launches artist-specific digital download album cards in mid-January, sources say. Apparently modeled on the iTunes digital download album cards, Sony BMG wi ...

  7. Sony BMG Oz Buys Caplice Stake

    December 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG Music Entertainment Australia has become the first major label Down Under to invest in artist management and touring. The firm has taken a 50% share in Sydney-based Caplice Management and is negotiating with a second artist management fir ...

  8. Elvis Album At The Center Of U.K. Copyright Row

    December 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST U.K. distributor Cargo Records has pulled the plug on an Elvis Presley release after Sony BMG Music Enterainment in the U.K. sent out a letter threatening legal action, Billboard.biz has learned. In one of the clearest signs to-date of Sony BMG� ...

  9. Sony BMG Merger Ruling Scrutinized In EU Court 'Opinion'

    December 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST A leading EU judge today said its lower court was correct to annul the 2004 clearance of the merger of the recorded music units of Sony Corp and German media company Bertelsmann AG. Juliane Kokott, the advocate general of the European Court of Jus ...

  10. More RIAA Settlement Letters Hit Campuses

    December 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST The RIAA sent its 11th wave of pre-litigation settlement letters on behalf of major labels to university campuses this week. The latest group of letters, intended to alert illegal file-sharers that they've been spotted using campus networks, ...

  11. Judge Dismisses LimeWire Antitrust Suit

    December 04, 2007 12:00 AM EST A federal judge on Monday threw out an antitrust lawsuit that the operator of the LimeWire online file-sharing service filed against a coalition of major record labels. U.S. District Judge Gerard E. Lynch in New York ruled that Lime Group LLC fail ...

  12. Report: Sony BMG Layoffs Coming

    December 03, 2007 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG could be close to laying off as many as 70 of its mid-level executive roster before the end of the year. Silicon Alley Insider reports that some of the executives have already been notified, and others are pending . A Sony BMG spokesman d ...

  13. UMG Applies Online Streaming Policy

    December 03, 2007 12:00 AM EST Details of a relatively new online music streaming policy from Universal Music Group have emerged as a result of one artist's communication with her fans. Colbie Caillat, who found an early audience on MySpace, apologized to fans via her MySp ...

  14. Peermusic Links With Miami U

    November 29, 2007 12:00 AM EST Peermusic has entered into a worldwide administration agreement with Cat 5 Music Publishing operated by graduate students at the University of Miami's Frost School of Music. Cat 5 is reportedly the first graduate student-run music publishing ...

  15. UMG Chief Doug Morris Profiled In Wired

    November 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group's Doug Morris is the focus of a profile in the coming issue of Wired magazine , delving into both the history and future of the company's digital music efforts. The piece is one part profile, one part opinion piece ...

  16. Sony BMG Extends Deal With Yahoo

    November 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG Music Entertainment has inked a licensing deal with Yahoo Inc. that clears the way for people to upload files with music or video content by the record company's artists to Yahoo, the companies said Tuesday. Financial terms of the de ...

  17. RIAA's 10th Wave of Letters Hits Colleges

    November 15, 2007 12:00 AM EST The RIAA has sent another wave of pre-litigation settlement letters on behalf of major labels to college administrators in connection with illegal music files shared over the university computer networks. The 417 letters went to 16 universities. A ...

  18. OFT Sheds Light On Its UMG-V2 Clearance

    November 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST The U.K.'s Office of Fair Trading has published in-depth detail behind its decision to approve Universal Music Group's acquisition of V2. In its assessment, posted today on the OFT Web site, the competition regulator noted that the two c ...

  19. EMI Sues MP3.com Founder Robertson

    November 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST EMI Group companies sued online music industry executive Michael Robertson for copyright infringement on Friday, some seven years after his former company paid recording firms more than $100 million to settle a similar case. Several EMI-owned labe ...

  20. Europe's Court Of Justice Hears Sony BMG Case

    November 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST The European Court of Justice has heard Sony and Bertelsmann's appeal against a ruling last year to annul the original 2004 Sony BMG merger. Representatives from Bertelsmann, Sony Corp and Europe's independent music community met yesterd ...

  21. Peermusic Opens Peru Office

    November 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST Indie publisher peermusic has opened a new office in Lima, Peru, to oversee catalog in Peru and Ecuador. It is managed by Yovanna Martinez, who reports to New York-based Jorge Barriga, the publisher's director of Latin American operations. Pe ...

  22. U.K.'s OFT Clears UMG-V2 Deal

    November 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group cleared the final hurdle in its acquisition of V2 Music Group when Britain's Office Of Fair Trading said today it would not refer the buyout to the Competition Commission. In a brief statement issued on its Web site, the ...

  23. European MP Questions Sony BMG Merger

    October 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A member of the European Parliament has effectively challenged the European Commission's second approval of the Sony BMG merger. In a written question on Tuesday, French socialist Guy Bono, member of the EP's Culture Committee and curren ...

  24. IFPI Makes Oink Squeal

    October 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Music critics beware. The IFPI is putting the clamps on prerelease leaks. London-based IFPI chairman/CEO John Kennedy says the trade association is taking on so-called "ripping groups" dedicated to getting prerelease music onto the Net a ...

  25. Van Morrison Nearly On Top

    October 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Van Morrison's new album "Still On Top" is on target for a No. 2 bow when the British chart is published on Sunday, according to his record label Polydor. As things stand in the mid-week sales chart, the hits set would better his pr ...

  26. V2 To Live On Within UMG's Mercury Group

    October 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group has started the integration of its newly-acquired V2 Music Group. Moving forward, the British arm of V2 will be aligned with Mercury Records under Mercury U.K. president Jason Iley. UMG is committed to absorbing some of the a ...

  27. RIAA Sends New Wave Of Pre-Litigation Letters

    October 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The ninth wave of pre-litigation letters has been sent by the RIAA to administrators at 19 universities. The letters are part of the ongoing campaign to offer those using university networks to illegally share music to settle claims before they ar ...

  28. Berman Joins Qtrax Board

    October 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Ad-supported P2P service Qtrax added Jason "Jay" Berman as the co-chair of its advisory board. Berman is the former chairman of the RIAA and IFPI. In his new role, he will provide strategic counsel to the company regarding intellectual p ...

  29. Ad-Supported Service Deezer Signs With Sony BMG

    October 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG France has signed an agreement which will provide users of French ad-supported on-demand streaming service Deezer with unlimited free access to 165,000 titles. "This deal is experimental," says Christophe Lameignère, chairman an ...

  30. Van Morrison Signs New Polydor Deal

    October 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT UMG's Polydor Records and Van Morrison have struck a new deal which has enabled the label to mine the veteran Northern Irish singer/songwriter's catalog for a new greatest hits release. Through the new relationship, which Polydor declare ...

  31. Impala Calls EC To Check UMG's 'Creeping Dominance'

    October 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Impala is calling on European regulators to scrutinize Universal Music Group's "creeping dominance" in the light of the music giant's buying spree. The European independent music companies' trade group is also asking Bruss ...

  32. Impala Rails Against Sony BMG Decision

    October 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Independents group' Impala has issued a detailed reaction to the European Commission’s clearance of the Sony BMG merger. The Commission cleared the merger for the second time on Wednesday (Oct. 3), saying "the transaction would not creat ...

  33. Labels Win First P2P Consumer Trial

    October 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Twelve jurors in Minnesota decided unanimously this afternoon that single mother Jammie Thomas is liable for infringing 24 recordings she shared over peer-to-peer service Kazaa. The verdict for $222,000 came in the first trial held in a suit filed ...

  34. Shindler Takes Mercury Nashville Promotion Post

    October 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Promotion veteran Bruce Shindler has been named VP of national promotion for Mercury Nashville. He replaces John Ettinger, who exits the company. Concurrently, Universal Music Group Nashville director of radio marketing Katie Dean rises to the new ...

  35. Universal Music Group Boosts Market Share

    October 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group increased its griphold as the largest U.S. distributor of albums with a market share increase of one percentage point to 32.3%, in the nine-month period ended Sept. 30, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Considering the declinin ...

  36. EU Approves Sony BMG Merger, Impala Demands Inquiry

    October 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission has cleared for the second time the merger of Sony and Bertelsmann's recorded music businesses to create Sony BMG. In a statement, the Commission -- the European Union's antitrust authority -- said, "the tran ...

  37. First Consumer P2P Trial Begins

    October 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Jurors are beginning to hear evidence in the first unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing suit against a consumer that has reached trial. Jammie Thomas, a single mother, chose to fight rather than settle the copyright infringement suit filed by si ...

  38. Universal, AIM Clash Over V2 Acquisition

    October 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music and independent trade body AIM have become embroiled in a row over the major's acquisition of the V2 label. AIM has gone public on its submission to the U.K. government's Office of Fair Trading (OFT), criticising Universa ...

  39. Vivendi Calls Apple iTunes Contract Terms 'Indecent'

    September 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Vivendi condemned as "indecent" the contract terms between its Universal Music Group (UMG) unit and Apple Inc, the computer maker whose iTunes online store dominates the digital music market. Vivendi is one of many large media companies ...

  40. UMG Acquires ARS Entertainment

    September 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT As tipped on Billboard.biz last week , Universal Music Group (UMG) has acquired Belgian indie ARS Entertainment and its publishing arm BMC Publishing for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition, which was sealed on Sept. 20, is taking place through Un ...

  41. RIAA Sends Another Wave Of Settlement Letters

    September 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The RIAA sent a new wave of 403 pre-litigation settlement letters on behalf of the major record companies to 22 universities today. The labels also filed 24 copyright infringement lawsuits against individuals who previously received letters but di ...

  42. U.K. Phone Carrier 3 To Offer UMG Catalog

    September 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT U.K. carrier 3 will offer mobile phone subscribers the repertoire of Universal Music Group via Groove Mobile's off-portal distribution platform. The off-portal move means the customers will be able to download UMG tracks without having to sub ...

  43. NMPA Board Adds Primont

    September 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The National Music Publishers' Assn. yesterday filled vacant seats on its 18-member board, appointing Cherry Lane Music Group CEO Peter Primont and re-appointing indie publisher Evan Medow, Billboard.biz has learned. Primont fills the spot le ...

  44. Marley Ringtones Strike Discord

    September 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The lawsuits haven't even been filed yet, but already the dispute over Bob Marley's ringtones is heating up. Last month, Verizon Wireless struck an exclusive licensing deal with Universal Music Group for the entire Bob Marley catalog. Th ...

  45. Sony BMG Commercial Music Group Names Business VP

    September 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Malti Raisinghani has been named VP of business operations and special projects for Sony BMG Music Entertainment's Commercial Music Group. Raisinghani is based in New York and reports to John Ingrassia, president of the Commercial Music Group ...

  46. Video Service DivX Sues UMG

    September 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Video hosting service DivX has filed suit against Universal Music Group (UMG) in response to the major label's claim that DivX’s Stage6 service is infringing copyrighted materials, according to published reports. The move is similar to that o ...

  47. UMG Targets Mixtape Distributor

    September 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group's UMG Recordings has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against BCD Music Group over the distribution of mixtapes. The suit, filed Sept. 6 in the federal District Court in Los Angeles, claims that BCD distributes mix ...

  48. UMG Sheds Sanctuary Label Staff

    September 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group is preparing to hand out pink slips to staff at Sanctuary Group's U.K. label arm. Billboard.biz understands that Joe Cokell, CEO of Sanctuary Records Group Worldwide, and Roger Semon, COO Sanctuary Records Group, are amo ...

  49. Pubs, Bertie Reach $130M Settlement Over Napster

    August 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Music publishing affiliates of the Harry Fox Agency have settled their lawsuit against Bertelsmann AG over the media conglomerate's early investment in the original peer-to-peer service Napster. Billboard.biz has learned that Bertelsmann agre ...

  50. EFF: Monetize P2Ps

    August 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Electronic Freedom Foundation issued a 20-page white paper reviewing the RIAA's legal campaign against P2P piracy, concluding the best solution to the "problem" is to monetize the activity. The report follows the early efforts t ...

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